Global tech giant Apple is the winner of the 2018 Stop Slavery Award, with the Judging Board agreeing that they were leading in every category. The Judges especially highlighted Apple's supplier engagement and monitoring. The company was also recognised for its ‘extremely robust’ audit programme, which includes annual audits and spot audits. Judges praised its wide variety of industry collaborations, the fact that it openly shared its learnings with the public and its innovative solutions to push forward its supplier responsibility programme.
Rochelle Keyhan was awarded the Stop Slavery Hero Award ‘for creating an impact on a regional or global scale’. She was recognised for work building relationships with antitrafficking stakeholders, from victim advocates to law enforcement, to create sustainable local solutions. Rochelle’s success in training hundreds of law and code enforcement officers to identify trafficking and build victim-centered cases, transforming some of the largest jurisdictions in the country, was highlighted. She was also awarded for her work with dozens of cities, counties and states to pass laws making it impossible for traffickers to hide behind storefronts.
Standard Chartered PLC was highly commended for working directly with clients to increase awareness and address issues that may arise. Judges found its reporting to be ‘one of the most transparent of the applicant companies’ and praised its process to detect human trafficking and financial crime. It was also honoured for collaborating to share expertise and developing toolkits to be used within the financial industry to disrupt the financial flow to human traffickers.
Thailand-based producer of seafood-based products Thai Union was highly commended for leading the way in protecting migrant workers’ rights and ensuring responsible recruitment. It was praised for providing training to migrant workers on their labour rights, for its grievance mechanism, and for working with government to strengthen legislation around modern slavery.
Triveni Acharya, Founder of the Rescue Foundation, was awarded the Stop Slavery Hero Award for her ‘outstanding work on the frontlines’ in rescuing, rehabilitating and repatriating victims of sex trafficking in India. Particularly impressive was her commitment to the cause, despite great personal risk. She was recognised for the tremendous impact of her work in lives of almost 16,000 girls so far, and it was noted that because of her efforts, ‘traumatised girls have been counselled so well that they are able to live progressive lives by forgetting their past trauma and developing positive attitude.’
Unilever was also named a winner of the 2018 Stop Slavery Award, with recognition given for the outstanding leadership of its CEO, Paul Polman, in the fight to clean one of the highest risk supply chains in the world. Judges noted its ‘highly complex, global and high-risk supply chain, including the use of palm oil in many of its products’ and praised its participation in the Consumer Goods Forum, where it facilitates industry collaboration. Judges added that Unilever ‘shows a commitment to continuous improvement, especially in the palm oil industry.’